Caregiving and Philanthropy Hallmarks of the 2007 RBC Financial Lifeskills Scholarship Recipients

    Scholarships Awarded to Support Student Success in Higher Education

    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - RBC today announced this year's recipients of
the RBC Royal Bank's Financial Lifeskills Scholarships. Each of the 10 award
winners will receive a scholarship worth $2,007 to be used toward tuition and
school-related expenses for their first year of college or university.
    "These students have a remarkable sense of community that is evident in
everything they do," said Judith Murchison, senior manager, Client Strategy,
RBC Royal Bank. "We're delighted to offer these scholarships as a way to
lessen their financial burden, to support their education and help pave the
way to success and fulfillment in the work force."
    The RBC Financial Lifeskills Scholarships are designed for students in
any stream, pursuing studies in any field, and are awarded to those who have
demonstrated some involvement with community leadership, extra-curricular
activities, volunteer service or the pursuit of career and educational

    This year's student award winners are:


    Jacqueline "Blaike" Holding - Abbotsford, BC graduated from St. John
Brebeuf Regional Secondary School in Abbotsford and is enrolled in a Bachelor
of Arts program with a major in History at University College of The Fraser
Valley, B.C. A quadruple amputee who has won medals at the B.C. Winter Games
and B.C. Summer Games, Blaike's goal is to be a motivational speaker. She has
also volunteered for the War Amps of Canada as well as several sports

    Khalil Jessa - Surrey, BC graduated from Southridge School in Surrey and
is enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program at McGill University in Montreal
with a major in International Development and a minor in Economics. Khalil's
goal is to be a UN diplomat. In high school he created a Model UN conference
that attracted 50 students from the Lower Mainland.


    Kara Nadeau - Winnipeg, MB graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Winnipeg
and is enrolled in a Bachelor of Science program in Agriculture at the
University of Saskatchewan. Kara's goal is to be a science researcher in
agriculture. She has conducted independent research in the Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada laboratory facilities and was a leader of the Mission Club,
an organization that helps people in need.

    Miles Aronson - Okotoks, AB graduated from The Centre for Learning @ Home
in Okotoks and is enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine with a major in Health &
Society at the University of Calgary. Miles's goal is to become a medical
doctor. In 2002, he created Spread the Love, a charitable organization that
works with communities to combat hunger. The program has delivered over 17,000
meals in Alberta and is opening chapters in BC, Ontario and Nova Scotia.


    Sarah Schumann Johns - Oakville, ON graduated from Iroquois Ridge High
School in Oakville and is enrolled in both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of
Education programs with a major in Humanities at Brock University. Sarah's
goal is to become a teacher of students with special education needs. Sarah
created craft kits for children living at the Halton Women's Shelter and has
written a children's story to promote self confidence and tolerance.

    Corey Bricks - Thornhill, ON graduated from Westmount Collegiate
Institute in Thornhill and is enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences Program at
The University of Western Ontario with a major in Molecular and Cell Biology
and a minor in Spanish Language & Linguistics. Corey's goal is to become a
cardiologist. He has volunteered for Free the Children and his school's Peer
Mediation Group where he helped students resolve conflicts.


    Samantha Milner - Beaconsfield, QC graduated from Beaconsfield High
School and is enrolled in the Social Sciences program at John Abbott College
in Montreal. Samantha's goal is to continue to be a philanthropic
entrepreneur. At age 11, Samantha developed a dog and cat gourmet cookie mix
and donated a portion of the profits to the Montreal Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She now has branched out into fashion
accessories and has already donated over $35,000 to various causes.

    Michael Wexler - Montreal, QC graduated from Dawson College (CEGEP) in
Montreal and is enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program at McMaster University
in Hamilton, Ontario. Michael's goal is to be a medical doctor. Michael
initiated and organized a blue bracelet fundraising campaign to support the
victims of the Dawson College shootings. The program led to the creation of
the Anastasia de Sousa Memorial Award Fund. The campaign raised over $ 60,000.


    Norma Patricia Kimsi Palacios - LaSalle, QC graduated from Cégep
André-Laurendeau in LaSalle and is enrolled in a Bachelor in Nursing Sciences
program at l'Université de Montréal. Since moving to Quebec from her native
Mexico, Norma Patricia has learned French, volunteered at schools, a
neighbourhood church, and child-care facilities.

    Jérémie Maillet-LeBlanc - Moncton, NB, a recent graduate from Ecole
l'Odyssée in Moncton, is enrolled in a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at
l'Université de Moncton. Jérémie's goal is to become a civil engineer. Jérémie
runs his own lawn care business, Jérémie Seasonal. His business plan won first
prize in the SEED category of the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.

    To qualify for the RBC Financial Lifeskills Scholarships, students must
be in their final year of high school, or completing their final year of CEGEP
in Quebec, and maintain a minimum grade average of 65 per cent. Students must
also be registered or have been accepted at a college or university in Canada
for the Fall/Winter session. For more information about the scholarships and
past recipients, or to print the scholarship application form, please visit The next application deadline is May 9,
    The Financial Lifeskills scholarships are awarded in conjunction with the
Financial Lifeskills Seminars launched by RBC in 2002 for high school students
across Canada. The program, which educates students about financial literacy,
and career planning, has since been expanded to different age groups spanning
grades four to twelve. Over the five years of the program, more than 16,000
educators have ordered free student resources, assisting hundreds of thousands
of Canadian students.

    RBC's Scholarship Awards Program offers a diverse range of scholarship
awards to help address the critical need for student funding across Canada. In
2006, RBC awarded over 320 scholarships, totalling more than $600,000.
Scholarships are available for students studying in high school, pursuing
undergraduate studies at college or university, and those entering
professional programs in medicine or dentistry. Specialized scholarships are
also available to New Canadians, Junior A hockey players, and Aboriginal
students. For more information about RBC's Scholarship Program please visit

For further information:

For further information: Judi Levita, (416) 974-8810

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